Newsreel [Oct 29]: Anonymous threatens to take down Facebook & Zynga on November 5


Newsreel [Oct 29]: Anonymous threatens to take down Facebook & Zynga on November 5

Here goes our daily news roundup from around the web.

I.B.M. Reports Nanotube Chip Breakthrough: I.B.M. scientists are reporting progress in a chip making technology that is likely to ensure the shrinking of the size of the basic digital switch at the heart of modern microchips for more than another decade. John Markoff reports for The New York Times that the advance, first described in the journal Nature Nanotechnology on Sunday, is based on carbon nanotubes, exotic molecules that have long held out promise as an alternative material to silicon from which to create the tiny logic gates that are now used by the billions to create microprocessors and memory chips. Read more here. Anonymous Is Going After Zynga For mistreating employees, It Has Leaked Confidential Documents And Games: In an offensive christiened #OP MaZynga, the hacker group Anonymous is reportedly going after social gaming company Zynga for mistreating employees and shutting down offices. The group has threatened to take down Facebook and Zynga on November 5. Read more here.

Zync launches 9.7 inch Android tab for Rs 10,990: Zync Global, an Indian tablet brand, has launched a new 9.7-inch tablet, called Z1000, for Rs 10,990 in India.The Zync Z1000 offers 8 GB inbuilt memory, 1.5 GHz processor, 1 GB of RAM, and in-built 3G support.Read more here.

Ping-Pong Robot Can Analyze Players, Eventually Surpasses Its Human Masters: In 1996, when supercomputer Deep Blue beat the world’s greatest chess player, Gary Kasparov, we opened the door for machines to not only take the place human beings, but to surpass us with cold logic and massive processing power. In 2012, humanity is on the road to losing another game to the superior programming of a machine. That’s right — there’s a machine that’s better than you at ping pong.  Robotics experts at Germany’s Technical University of Darmstadt have created a robot arm that learns to adapt its game as it plays. Read more here.

Narendra Modi touches 1 Mn twitter following [ Half of the followers are fake: Narendra Modi has reached one million followers on Twitter on Wednesday. However more than 50 % of his followers are fake. According to an internet tool, Status People, launched by a group of engineers in London, Modi’s account has 46% fake and 41 per cent inactive user. Modi has been on Twitter since 2009 and in 2010, had one lakh followers. About a year ago, in November 2011, he had four lakh followers, read complete post here.

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– The war between the Telecom Ministry and the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) over regulating electromagnetic radiation emanating from mobile towers has intensified as Department of Telecom has asked the Ministry not to issue any policy related to governing mobile radiation. Earlier in August Environment Ministry had instructed state governments to conduct regular audit of electromagnetic radiations emanating from towers set up by mobile companies. However, DoT said that there is no need for any special arrangement for ecological-sensitive areas. Issue of electromagnetic radiation is dealt by the DoT and involvement of multiple organisations and issue of directions on the same subject by different ministries will create complication and difficulties, read complete post here.

– The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India plans to collect a penalty of Rs 50,000 from operators,  in case they violate any of the set quality norms for broadband services. In 2006 TRAI had laid down the quality of service standards for broadband, however, there was no provision to impose a penalty. TRAI has been conducting periodic survey through independent agencies across the country to monitor the compliance of prescribed parameters. Analysis of these reports of several past quarters points out that some of the service providers are not meeting the prescribed parameters and no consistent improvement is noticed in spite of the measures taken by TRAI. The penalty will increase to Rs 1 lakh for the second violation, read complete post here.

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